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Airey is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Airey family lived in the Castle of Airey, or Arey in Normandy. The earliest record of the name was in 1198 of Goisbert de Arreio in Normandy. In England, the family settled mostly in the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland (now part of Cumbria) having derived from the word eyrara which means gravel-banked stream. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Airey Early Origins



The surname Airey was first found in the northern English counties of Cumberland and Westmorland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, probably long before the Norman Conquest of England by the Duke of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Airey Spelling Variations


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Airey Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Airey include Airey, Airy, Airie, Arey, Array, Aireys, Aries, Areys and many more.

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Airey Early History


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Airey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Airey research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1332, 1611, 1833 and 1911 are included under the topic Early Airey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Airey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Airey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Airey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Airey In Ireland


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Airey In Ireland



Some of the Airey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Aireys to arrive on North American shores:

Airey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Airey, who arrived in Maryland in 1725

Airey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Airey, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856

Airey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Austin Airey, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Wolverhampton, England, in 1907
  • Lilly Airey, aged 24, who settled in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1908
  • Joseph William Airey, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Shildon, England, in 1910
  • Jane Airey, aged 44, who landed in America from Barrow, England, in 1910
  • Annie Airey, aged 24, who settled in America from Shildon, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Airey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Airey, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Airey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Airey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Airey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Airey (post 1700)



  • Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Wesley Airey (1923-2009), American adviser to Secretary of the Air Force
  • William F. Airey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1888, 1896, 1900
  • James Airey, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Moundsville, Virginia, 1853-56
  • Frank Airey (b. 1887), English footballer from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
  • Robert Berkeley Airey (1874-1933), English cricket right-handed batsman
  • James Airey (b. 1959), English cricketer
  • Carl Airey (b. 1965), English former professional footballer
  • Stuart James Airey (b. 1983), English cricketer
  • Sir George Airey (1761-1833), English General
  • Philip Airey (b. 1991), English footballer
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je le tiendrai
Motto Translation: I will possess.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Airey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Airey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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